On this Earth Day week, we are heartened to see the construction progress at the Brookline Teen Center project site in Brookline Village. Designed by Studio MLA with Graham/Mues Inc. and being built by Kaplan Construction, the dramatic transformation of this 12,000 SF building – a former autobody shop located at 40 Aspinwall Avenue – is expected to be completed at the end of this summer. We are ardent supporters of the idea that the “greenest” buildings are the ones already standing. Existing buildings, like the structure being repurposed by the Brookline Teen Center, have the potential of enjoying great second acts.
In 2012, XChange Architects was retained by an early education client to prepare a feasibility analysis for the re-use of a 1950s-era industrial flex space building for an indoor children’s play gym. The 14,000 SF facility, located in the Greater Boston area is an aggregation of 3 older structures built over the years. Our redevelopment proposal is characterized by a dramatic, color-intensive exterior makeover, the raising of the rear building roof (to accommodate larger inflatables), and new clerestory glazing around the largest warehouse volume to maximize ventilation and passive daylighting.
Perspective view of renovated building along Broadway
Proposed south elevation – 450 Broadway
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